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    Lithium-Ion Batteries Arrive

    Despite its small size and light weight, the first lithium-ion battery for a PAS model featured excellent output characteristics. Compared to a nickel-metal hydride battery of the same size, the lithium-ion battery boasted 32% more capacity and was a significant 25% lighter. The battery’s discharge characteristics at high current were superior, it had no disadvantageous memory effect, and could be recharged whenever required. Plus with a newly designed standing charger, battery charging became a much simpler task. Lithium-ion battery benefits also enabled Yamaha to add a new power mode to the bicycle.